Scholar in Residence
A weekend of song, spirit, and learning!
Special music for services- Carlbach Hits, New Sounds of the Synagogue, Parodies for fun. Musical singalongs can be tailored to the congregation- Yiddish, Ladino, Hassidic, Folk-New, Spiritual-Chant, Contemporary Hazzanut, and American spirituals.
Lectures- Gems of My Grandfather’s Music– exploring the rich cantorial heritage and sounds of Cantor Adolph Katchko
Finding Family Through Song– an NPR interview about my family reunion in 2006 with a survivor cousin from Kalisz, Poland! Cantor Leopold Szneer and I were interviewed by NPR- sharing the story and our voices together for a special program.
The Evolving Role of Women in Judaism As the second woman in a conservative pulpit in l981, Deborah has been a pioneer in the field. Founding the Women Cantors’ Network in l982, she has been in the forefront of women in Judaism.
” We were fortunate to have Cantor Deborah Katchko-Gray at Temple B’nai Abraham as our Cantor-In-Residence for a wonderful musical weekend. Debbie led some of our services, had us singing new songs and melodies and taught some wonderful holiday song parodies to our students, who then performed them for us at a Sunday Brunch. Oh…and we learned about her Cantorial heritage and heard some real Gems of her Grandfather’s Music. It was a homecoming of sorts as years ago, she became a Bat Mitzvah at our synagogue and her father had been one of our Cantors. Debbie connected with our members, young and old, and two of our students even asked after her Friday evening service if we could do this every month.”
Rabbi Michael G. Kohn
Temple B’nai Abraham